World Cup brings fireworks, concert to Park City
The movie stars just left Park City as the Sundance Film Festival ended.
Skiing stars arrive on Wednesday as the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup opens with a ceremony followed by three days of competitions at Deer Valley Resort.
One of the high-profile events during the four days is a concert and the ceremony planned on lower Main Street. The concert and ceremony, which will feature the athletes, are scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
It is expected to bring a solid crowd to Main Street in the days after Sundance crowds jammed onto the street. But it will also require a partial street closure and parking restrictions.
City Hall says the stretch of Main Street between 7th Street and 9th Street will close to traffic starting at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The closure does not impact 7th Street itself, though. The closed section of the street is expected to reopen to traffic at approximately 2 a.m. on Thursday.
Crews will build a concert stage for the festivities later that day. The concert is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. The opener is Holy Water Buffalo, a band that has played Park City numerous times over its career. The headliner is Dawes, which has a hit called "All Your Favorite Bands." City Hall says the concert is expected to end at 10 p.m. A fireworks display is planned after the concert. The launch site is the runaway-truck ramp on Marsac Avenue.
Jenny Diersen, a special events coordinator at City Hall, said staffers are anticipating a crowd of between 3,000 and 5,000 for the free concert and ceremony.
Diersen said organizers encourage people to take buses or carpool to the event on Main Street. Parking, though, will be available on the section of Main Street that remains open to traffic as well as in the China Bridge garage and other public lots in the Main Street core. Parking will also be available in the lots outside Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge. People parking there can take a bus to the Old Town transit center or walk to Main Street.
The concert venue on lower Main Street has been used on numerous occasions over the years, including during celebrations marking World Cup skiing events like the one this week. Park City officials have long seen the stretch of Main Street north of the Heber Avenue intersection as being easier logistically to close to traffic for special events than the section of the street south of the intersection. Deer Valley is a regular stop on the freestyle World Cup circuit and has hosted the Freestyle World Ski Championships.
Deer Valley has also organized a celebration of the life of the late Stein Eriksen, a skiing legend who died in December at 88 years old. He was an Olympic champion and one of the innovators of freestyle skiing. He was the director of skiing at Deer Valley.
The celebration, which is open to the public, is scheduled on Thursday from 1:35 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the World Cup aerial venue. According to Deer Valley, Eriksen’s family and friends will speak of their memories of him. Aerial skiers will demonstrate one of Eriksen’s jumps, known as a front flip, the resort says.
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